Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

Hail to the Chief!


Hank Williams Jr. • The American Dream • 1982


Get it: Hank Williams, Jr.’s Greatest Hits

Album cover: All Music

Monday, August 29, 2016

BLUE MONDAY


Albert King • Crosscut Saw (Take 1) • 1966


Get it: Born Under a Bad Sign (Stax Remasters)

Friday, August 26, 2016

ODDS & ENDS

Ricky Skaggs with a soulful rendition of the Stanley Brothers’ 1963 recording.


Ricky Skaggs • Lonesome Night • 1999


Get it: Ancient Tones

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

Today’s “Dinosauric” post sounds pretty typical of what was being played on Country radio during the late 70s and early 80s. While living in “those fair Hawaiian Islands” in that period, driving around town or stuck on H-1, the car stereo would be either blasting homemade cassettes of Howlin’ Wolf and Norteño accordion, or playing the local Country station. At that time a lot of what was beaming over the airwaves seemed pretty schlocky but some of it now sounds pretty good to these old ears, like this one. . . . (No praise for the album cover art, though!)


John Conlee • Rose Colored Glasses • 1978


Get it: Rose Colored Glasses

LP cover: Discogs

Monday, August 22, 2016

BLUE MONDAY

Get your butter from the farmer,
Get your milk from a jersey cow;
Now, you can get your pet cream from me,
Little girl, if you only know how.


J. B. & His Hawks • Pet Cream Man • 1954



LP cover: Frank Jive collection



Saturday, August 20, 2016

SHE THINKS I STILL CARE

The Big E, “way down in the Jungle Room” at Graceland, February 1976. After a couple of false starts, this track settles into a wonderful, laid back but passionate, take on George Jones’ 1962 hit “She Thinks I Still Care.” (This just out on a new RCA/Legacy collection Way Down in the Jungle Room. “Run – Don’t Walk” to get your own copy. Tell ’um Frank Jive sent you.)




CD cover: All Music

Friday, August 19, 2016

ODDS & ENDS


Badeaux & The Louisiana Aces • The Back Door • 1962



YouTube video with D. L. singing “The Back Door” in 1988 here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT


Linda Lay • Sweet Dreams • 2000


Linda Lay, vocal & bass; Johnny Bellar, lap steel; David Lay, rhythm guitar

Get it: Masters of the Steel String Guitar

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES

The centerpiece of James Brown’s more than great Live at the Apollo album is this ten-minute version of “Lost Someone” split over two sides of the original LP. At the point just before the side one fade, if you listen, you can hear a female audience member holler out, “James, you’re a asshole!” Apparently this was a difficult concert to record because this certain heckler kept it up throughout. Regardless, one of his all time best performances . . . “Don’t just say ow!, say OWWW!!”



James Brown • Lost Someone • 1962


Get it: Live at the Apollo

Thanks to Peter Guralnick

Monday, August 15, 2016

BLUE MONDAY

We’re back. (And The Blues What Am has a new series title.) Just in case you need some ramblin’ piano blues by the great singer, rough-and-tumble guitar player, and lyric improviser Booker T. Washington White, this one ought to keep you occupied for a good 12 minutes and
39 seconds. . . .


Bukka White • Sugar Hill • 1965


Booker T. Washington White, vocal/piano. Berkeley, California, 25 November 1963

Get it: Sky Songs

LP cover: Discogs

Sunday, August 07, 2016

OH RAINY DAY WOMAN


Not a day goes by that snatches of this Waylon Jennings track don’t play through my noggin, thrillingly, several times. It’s Waylon and Moon at their mid-70s best. And since we’re still a ways off from our “official” return, maybe repeated plays of this will hold you over. (Not that the Merle Haggard song from July 14th [just below] doesn’t bear repeated “current events” plays. . . .) Thanks for listening.


Waylon Jennings • Rainy Day Woman • 1974


Get it: The Ramblin’ Man